#1 ates.Revised Japanese GP grid1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull5. Sergio Perez, Force India6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari7. Romain von lebaobei123 07.03.2019 01:05

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Pacers bizarre season came to a familiar end Friday night. Another embarrassing loss at Miami. Now Larry Bird must spend the off-season trying to figure out what went wrong and what must be fixed to finally beat the Heat in the playoffs. "You just have to go into the off-season with the mindset that were going to reload. We have a core, a system, a culture thats going to give us a chance every year," coach Frank Vogel said after Fridays 25-point, season-ending loss. "Weve got to make whatever adjustments we have to make to come back and be here again next year." There are plenty of questions heading into what could be a turbulent off-season. Will Vogel be back after leading the Pacers to 42, 49 and 56 wins in his first three full seasons as coach, capturing back-to-back Central Division titles, reaching the last two conference finals and earning the No. 1 seed for only the third time in franchise history? Will the Pacers re-sign free agent Lance Stephenson, their 23-year-old energizer, whose erratic behaviour became a major distraction in the Eastern Conference finals? Could Hibbert be on the trading block after struggling through Indianas confounding second-half swoon and nearly disappearing, at times, during the playoffs? Might Bird make other moves to cope with the NBA trend of spreading the floor, add scorers or rebuild the bench yet again? Or do the Pacers simply need more time to mature? While those answers might not come for months, one thing is clear: They must find a way to get past Miami after three straight playoff series losses, the last two in the Eastern Conference finals. "Obviously, theyre more prepared, theyre more seasoned for this moment," David West said. "Theyve been able to embrace these moments to get to a level that we, for some reason, cant compete." Bird spent last summer revamping the bench, and Indiana responded with a 33-7 start — the best in the NBA. But after signing Andrew Bynum in February and trading Danny Granger for Evan Turner at the trade deadline, the Pacers went into a confounding second-half swoon in which they looked disengaged and disinterested. Two-time All-Star Paul George acknowledged Friday that the Pacers seemed to hit a wall, thinking they could turn it on whenever they needed it. Somehow, they still managed to finish with the best record in the East, rallied to win the final two games against eighth-seeded Atlanta after twice giving away home-court advantage and rallied again against a young Washington team after giving away home-court advantage in Game 1. When they did it again by failing to close out the Heat at home in Game 2, Miami responded by winning all three of its home games decisively to clinch the series. "You know at times it feels like were there, and then theres games where it still feels like were not at that point yet," George said when asked if he thought the Pacers had closed the gap on Miami. "Coach says it, I mean, in order for us to beat this team, weve got to play like champions. More times than not, we didnt do so." Most of the problems were self-inflicted. Indiana struggled with infighting, prolonged slumps, unseemly rumours and constant criticism. Hibbert epitomized much of it. In late March, he complained about "selfish dudes" in the locker room, a barb directed at Stephenson, later apologized and was so bad, at times, in the playoffs that fans and analysts called for his benching. And its unclear what the Pacers will do after a second straight blowout in an elimination game at Miami. Bird acknowledged the Pacers were going "all in" this season when they re-signed David West, gave George a max deal and traded away their first-round pick to get Luis Scola from Phoenix. Stephenson could be the next Pacers player to strike it rich. But after calling out LeBron James publicly before Game 4, blowing in his ear in Game 5 and tapping James on his chin early in Game 6, some wonder if the Pacers even want Stephenson back. It all depends on whether Bird thinks Stephenson can help beat the Heat. "I dont know what the future holds for us," West said. "Obviously, everything starts and ends with the Miami Heat. You have to have a team that can get through a tough regular season but ultimately, you have to be able to beat Miami to get to the finals." Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses . Reimer told TSNs Mark Masters on Tuesday that he doesnt know if he will be moved leading up to the March 5 trade deadline but added he wasnt interested in discussing it. "Who knows whats going to happen on the horizon here and right now I dont know if I want to talk about it too much. Ray Ban Sunglasses China Wholesale .com) - The NBA will be on display overseas Thursday with the New York Knicks taking on the Milwaukee Bucks at O2 Arena in London. http://www.cheaprayban.net/. Onyshko, from Minnedosa, Man., will compete in artistic gymnastics while Hanet, from Kelowna, B.C., will compete in lawn bowling as a para-athlete. "It is exciting that our Canadian athletes are starting to arrive at the Games Village," said Chantal Petitclerc, Canadas Chef de Mission. Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses Wholesale . Wearing bib No. 1, Maze skied through the gates cleanly to defend her big first-run lead and finish 0.07 seconds ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third, trailing 0. Cheap Authentic Ray Ban Sunglasses .The Hamilton Tiger-Cat defensive back always has the required receipt. But he also walks around with a tangle of metal screws, rods and plates after breaking his neck in 2006 playing high school football in Louisiana.Kimi Raikkonen has dropped from third to eighth on the Japanese GP grid after a gearbox change, creating an all-Red Bull second row behind Mercedes Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. McLarens Jenson Button, meanwhile, drops from 17th to the back of the field after McLaren completed a tactical engine change after their disappointing qualifying session.The race starts at 6am - live only on Sky Sports F1. The unscheduled change of Raikkonens gearbox after qualifying results in a five-place penalty and means both Ferrari drivers have now suffered grid demotions at Suzuka.Sebastian Vettel qualified fourth but had already been demoted owing to a three-place penalty carried over from Malaysia for his first-corner crash with Rosberg. Raikkonens penalty means Vettel will now gain one place back and starts sixth, with the Finn down to eighth. Ted Kravitz gives his thoughts on Saturdays qualifying session at the Japanese Grand Prix. Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will therefore start third and fourth respectively, giving the pair a direct chance to challenge the Mercedes at the start of the race.ddddddddddddRed Bull, who finished one-two last Sunday in Malaysia, must outscore Mercedes by at least 23 points to delay their rivals expected coronation as 2016 constructors champions for another race.Button will now prop up the field after McLaren changed his complete Honda power unit. It means the Briton has now exceeded the penalty-free limit on engine parts for 2016, with a 35-place penalty set to officially be applied.The flip side of the grid drop is that Button will take on Hondas latest-specification engine which Alonso is running, meaning he will avoid what was scheduled to be an engine penalty for the next race in the United States.Revised Japanese GP grid1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes3. Max Verstappen, Red Bull4. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull5. Sergio Perez, Force India6. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari7. Romain Grosjean, Haas8. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India10. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas11. Valtteri Bottas, Williams12. Felipe Massa, Williams13. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso14. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso15. Fernando Alonso, McLaren16. Jolyon Palmer, Renault17. Kevin Magnussen, Renault18. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber19. Felipe Nasr, Sauber20. Esteban Ocon, Manor21. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor22. Jenson Button, McLarenThe F1 title run-in continues with the Japanese GP on Sunday, live only on Sky Sports F1. The race begins at 6am. Watch with a NOW TV day pass - £6.99, no contract Also See: Whens the Japanese GP on Sky? Hamilton snubs media questions Conclusions from Qualifying Watch the race on NOW TV ' ' '

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